Selma Hayek Told Oprah More Details About Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Abuse

Salma Hayek on Wednesday revealed more details about the sexual harassment she says she endured from producer Harvey Weinstein, including alleged death threats.

During a discussion with Oprah Winfrey at the Apollo Theater in New York on the Time’s Up movement, and how the Weinstein accusers opened the floodgates, Hayek expanded on earlier allegations of harassment that she said she suffered after the Hollywood megaproducer bought her film Frida. The allegations, which Weinstein has denied, were first made public in an op-ed she wrote in the New York Times.

“He said a lot of things to me over those five years. He told me, ‘I am going to kill you.’ He also said to Julie Taymor, and I didn’t write this in the article, he said, ‘I am going to break the kneecaps of that…the C-word.'”

A representative for Weinstein, who has been getting treatment for sex addiction at a facility in Arizona, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hayek’s comments. Dozens of women, including A-list actors in Hollywood, have come forward with allegations against Weinstein that range from harassment to rape.

Earlier in the conversation, Hayek said she had been contacted to be in the first big Weinstein story published by the New York Times, but declined to take part.

“I started crying when they asked me, and I ended up not doing it. And then I felt ashamed, like a coward,” she said. “I’d been supporting women for two decades, but I couldn’t do this… I thought of my daughter… I thought of the shame.”

Hayek added that those were some of the reasons she acted normally around Weinstein for years after the alleged abuse. She never even told her husband or her friends.

“Penélope [Cruz] was furious with me when I told her I was writing the thing [op-ed] because I never told her. And I said to her, ‘He [Weinstein] made the best movies! If I tell you, if I tell Robert Rodriguez — they have business deals with him. He’s not doing the same to you guys. Then I would ruin your business opportunities. I didn’t know there were so many women. I thought I was the only one,” she told the crowd.

“That’s what a good predator does,” said Oprah, who also retold conversations she had had with Reese Witherspoon and other actors whom she chose not to name.

“I said to them, ‘Oh, you are all reacting the way I’ve seen molested children behave,” she said. “They hold the secret because you think you’re the only one it’s happened to. Part of the PTSD, part of the trauma, is that guilt that you held it.”

It took Hayek months to write the op-ed, and although hearing the other victims’ stories at times made hers feel “small” — so much so that she almost didn’t share her story — Hayek said they ultimately empowered her to share her truth.

“I think it’s important to tell victims, ‘You did what you could do at that time,'” Hayek said.

The actor also told the crowd that Weinstein is not the first man to sexually harass her.

“That’s why I could handle him better. I was very strong in front of him and I was smart, I sneaked my way out — maybe that’s why I didn’t get raped,” she said. “I’ve had this problem since I was little.”

When asked how women can heal from sexual abuse or harassment, Hayek said women have to forgive themselves.

“It’s important to take responsibility for the things we do to others, but we must stop apologizing for being attacked and we must move into a place where you can actually have a conversation,” she said. “It is important to release the anger. I don’t want us to go from victims to angry. I don’t want our anger to be our motto. That doesn’t mean we are not angry.

“I am a short, Mexican-Arab, angry woman… but I don’t let that anger blur my vision. I can use that energy to be productive.”

Hayek is optimistic that the #MeToo movement is just that, versus a moment that will eventually lose momentum. “The change was not just felt by the people that spoke but the people that listened,” she said. “There were a lot of men who didn’t even know there was something wrong with it. Men are starting to think and it’s a positive thing. We’ve been working at this for centuries, and our moment came.”

The actor also credited the Trump administration for giving the movement legs.

“I think this happened now because we’re so frustrated of the government getting away with incredible things,” she said. “All the lying and all the covering, it did something good in this case.”

Hayek’s full interview is scheduled to air during Oprah’s Super Soul Conversation special on OWN Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Almost 20 Years After “Speak,” The Author Is “So Fucking Angry” The Reckoning Took This Long

Almost 20 years ago, Laurie Halse Anderson’s book about a high schooler who descends into isolation after being raped started a new conversation about how sexual assault victims deal with the pain. But it took until now, as the #MeToo movement lurches forward, for a sea change in how assault victims are treated and heard to start happening.

And that pisses Anderson off.

“I’m so fucking angry,” Anderson, the author of the 1999 novel Speak told BuzzFeed News. “On the one hand, you’re supposed to be joyful because we’re having these conversations. But from my perspective, why are we still stuck in this toxic patriarchy bullshit?”

Now, as the great Reckoning continues to fell men in power who have previously benefitted from the silence of their alleged abuse victims, Anderson’s book is being published as a reinterpreted graphic novel of the same name.

Speak, a National Book Award finalist that went on to win many other awards, was also adapted into a movie starring Kristen Stewart in 2004. But now, in graphic novel form, Anderson hopes readers come away with a better understanding of the main character’s pain.

The main character, Melinda Sordino, struggles through her freshman year after being raped at a summer party. Melinda calls the police, but is at a loss for words when they pick up the phone, so she flees the scene and the cops eventually break up the party.

Melinda didn’t have many friends to begin with, and the rest of her classmates were upset that she ruined their end-of-summer party without knowing why, so she goes into a depression and doesn’t speak all year long. She remains an outcast, communicating through her artwork until the end of the book when she tells her ex–best friend and her art teacher what happened.

“I’ve never met a woman who hasn’t, at some level, been harassed or touched or groped,” Anderson said. “It’s this giant scale of behavior, but I’ve never met a single woman who hasn’t been through that. What Speak has done for the past couple decades is open up a conversation for some people in a quiet way.”

Anderson said she’s glad the #MeToo movement is happening and that women feel empowered to speak up, but is also frustrated to watch such slow-moving progress.

“Thank goodness we have gotten to this point, and I think social media plays a big role in victims of sexual violence feeling strengthened and supported enough to start speaking out,” Anderson said. “But it’s about 800 years overdue, and I think, too, the power of right now is everyone seeing the positive consequence of speaking out.”

Anderson decided she wanted to work on the graphic novel, which was released Feb. 6, in 2011 in collaboration with illustrator Emily Carroll.

Anderson said that in reformatting Speak, she hopes readers reflect on their own, individual experiences because “unacknowledged trauma is often at the root of a lot of mental illness, and we all want everybody to be as healthy as we can possibly be.”

“The narration is told by this depressed, traumatized young teen, and when you are dealing with depression that profound it’s hard even to articulate to yourself what’s going on,” Anderson said. “You’re just trying to get through the next hour. And so, having any kind of perspective about your own health is a challenge, and I think what Emily [Carroll]’s able to do in the graphic novel is show the readers even more clearly, ‘Wow, this kid’s really in a lot of pain.’”

According to Anderson, one of the positive aspects that can come from the #MeToo movement is teaching “several generations of real perpetrators that, ‘Yes, there are real consequences to your behavior and you can’t do this.'”

“There are a lot of guys that are having a hard time looking themselves in the mirror right now,” Anderson said. “And they need to step up.”

She also hopes this is a message that reaches her teenage readers as well as parents.

“This helps everybody begin to understand that we have to teach our kids about consent from day one,” she said. “We have to be really clear and honest with our kids about sexual intimacy and what that means.”

The larger conversations that are happening now and “all of these different loud demands for equality and justice” are enabling even more women to come forward, Anderson added.

“Maybe we should retitle it now,” she said of her novel. “Maybe the new title should’ve been Shout. ‘Cause that’s where we are now.”

Quincy Jones Gave A Really, Really Candid Interview And It's…A Lot To Process

Jones also described Jackson as “Machiavellian,” purporting that the King of Pop — who he worked with many times throughout his career and most notably on the album, Thriller — “stole” songs.

He said Jackson stole Donna Summer’s “State of Independence” and compared it to Jackson’s hit “Billie Jean.”

Jones recently won a royalty dispute with the Jackson estate.

When pressed on said “secrets,” Jones became cagey, saying, “This is something else I shouldn’t be talking about.”

When asked for additional context and information, Jones said, “The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy — he was a bad man — he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.”

But, sensing the subject was too sensitive to discuss publicly, Jones once again said, “we shouldn’t talk about this publicly.”

Jones continued, “They were no-playing motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.”

To date, Ratner has been accused of sexual assault by at least six women and Weinstein has been accused of sexual predation by more than 70 women.

According to Jones, he was introduced to Ivanka Trump more than a decade ago by American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.

“Ivanka wants to have dinner with you,” Jones says Hilfiger said to him. “I said, ‘No problem. She’s a fine motherfucker.'”

“She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”

” He’d fuck anything. Anything! He’d fuck a mailbox. “

When questioned by Marchese about how he’d know this information, Jones replied (with a frown), “Come on, man. He did not give a fuck!”

Jennifer Lee, Pryor’s widow, confirmed to TMZ that Jones’ comments about Brando and her late husband were true, saying, “It was the ’70s! Drugs were still good, especially quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you’d f*** a radiator and send it flowers in the morning.”

People Are Sharing What “Black Panther” Means To Them And It Will Give You Chills

As BuzzFeed News reported last month, the Marvel film is projected to make $100 million to $140 million over its opening weekend, and is beating every other superhero film in advanced sales, according to Fandango.

All of this for a movie with a predominately black cast, which unfortunately is still a rarity in Hollywood, centered around a fictional African nation.

Quentin Tarantino Said Roman Polanski's 13-Year-Old Victim “Wanted To Have It”

Polanski remains a fugitive after fleeing the US in 1977 before his sentencing in Los Angeles for unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer when she was 13.

Geimer told a grand jury that Polanski had given her Champagne and a quaalude, a powerful sedative, before raping her.

Polanski was indicted on charges of rape, sodomy, committing a lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and giving drugs to a minor. But Geimer’s family asked prosecutors to spare their daughter the trauma of testifying at what would surely be an intensely watched trial, so they offered Polanski a deal and he pleaded guilty to a far lesser charge of unlawful intercourse. However, he fled to Poland before formal sentencing and has avoided extradition attempts ever since.

Tarantino told Stern on his program that, despite the grand jury transcripts, what happened wasn’t rape.

“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape…he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape,” Tarantino said. “To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down — it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for.”

Here's What Quentin Tarantino Said About Choking Uma Thurman And Diane Kruger For His Movie Scenes

The controversy was sparked after Thurman spoke to the New York Times for a piece that largely focused on allegations that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her.

However, the story also revealed how Tarantino had participated in choking Thurman and spitting on her face for two scenes in the Kill Bill films, prompting some blowback on social media.

For the spitting scene, Tarantino said he didn’t believe that actor Michael Madsen, who played Budd in Kill Bill: Volume 1, would be able to perform the act properly. And the director said he didn’t ask a stuntperson to do it because they’d be too “intimidated” by Thurman, which could mean multiple takes to get the scene right.

To spare Thurman having to do repeated takes, Tarantino told Deadline he took it upon himself to do the task.

“So I asked Uma. I said, ‘I think I need to do it. I’ll only do it twice, at the most, three times. But I can’t have you laying here, getting spit on, again and again and again, because somebody else is messing it up by missing,” Tarantino recalled.

“I was assuming that when we did it, we would have maybe a pole behind Uma that the chain would be wrapped around so it wouldn’t be seen by the camera, at least for the wide shot,” the director told Deadline.

The filmmaker said it was Thurman’s suggestion to “wrap the thing around her neck, and choke her.”

“‘I can act all strangle-ey,'” Tarantino recalled Thurman saying. “‘But if you want my face to get red and the tears to come to my eye, then you kind of need to choke me.'”

“I said, ‘Look, I’ve got to strangle you,'” Tarantino said he told Kruger before filming the scene. “If it’s just a guy with his hands on your neck, not putting any kind of pressure and you’re just doing this wiggling death rattle, it looks like a normal movie strangulation. It looks movie-ish.”

With Kruger’s permission, he said that he asked the actor if it was alright to “just…commit to choking you, with my hands, in a closeup. We do it for 30 seconds or so, and then I stop.”

Per Tarantino, she agreed. He also said a stuntperson was “monitoring the whole thing.”

Tarantino’s aim for the scenes in both films, he said, were to give a “realistic effect.”